Gordon E. Hadcock, age 77, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 7, 2018.
He was born in Stratford on September 20, 1940 to parents, Ellis and Beatrice Hadcock.
He graduated from Stratford Central School in 1957. During his teens, he worked on local tree farms and then Daniel Green Co. after High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, married his loving wife, Carol Gros, on December 29, 1963 and then was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She joined him there where they experienced the loss of a premature baby girl. They returned to Johnstown in 1965 after he was honorably discharged. While in the service, he was selected for a traveling competing rifle team where he was awarded Expert Rifle recognition. Upon returning home, he worked with many others in the carpentry and building trade. He was known for his great work ethic, reliability and fine craftsmanship. A tragic work accident became a life altering change in 1984. From then until now there were many health issue challenges that tested him both physically and emotionally.
In his younger years, he was a very involved member of the Sir William Johnson Fire Department, always ready to help his neighbors and friends. He enjoyed his years of fast pitch ballgames, bowling and horseshoe competitions. Gordon was also a member of the Stratford Beagle Club and the East Canada Fish and Game Club. He has had many beloved beagles and leaves behind his loving companion Jake.
He maintained his great love for the outdoors, racing his snowmobile many times in the Long Lake 100 Races, gardening both in Johnstown and Stratford and peddling his wonderful produce everywhere, and most importantly his passion for hunting rabbits and deer. All of these skills have successfully been shared and passed on to his loving three sons Mark, Jay and Adam Hadcock.
Mr. Hadcock is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol Gros Hadcock, who continued to support and encourage him throughout this long journey. He is also survived by his sons Mark (Gina) Hadcock, Jay (Rebecca) Hadcock and Adam (Taryn) Hadcock. He was so proud of them and their accomplishments. He was grateful to them for giving us wonderful grandchildren Alyssa and Jay Hadcock, Garrett and Ethan Hadcock, Brandon, Jordan and Tyler Spaid and Nicholas Hadcock. He was also fortunate to welcome great grandchildren Abigail and Aaron Hadcock to our family. Also surviving are his siblings Ellen Blumberg of Little Falls, Harold (Gertrude) Hadcock of Webster, Rosemarie Hinderliter of Gloversville, Joan (Paul) Stalnaker of Ava and Mary Beth (Shawn) Sponable of Stratford. He also leaves a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as brother-in-law Dewitt (Sonya) Gros, Jr. and sister-in-law Linda Gaydusek (Gerald).
He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Fannie Briggs-Rumrill and Patricia Rachon, nephews Richard Briggs and Gary Briggs and also an infant premature son Jay Gordon Hadcock.
Through this long and sometimes very difficult journey Gordon, as well as all of us, have learned the value of respect for family, finding ways to overcome differences and caring, encouraging and helping each other which are great life lessons.
There will be no calling hours or formal funeral services per his wishes.
A graveside service for family and friends will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda then family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Sir William Johnson Fire Department, 102 County Highway 131, Johnstown (Corner of State Route 29 West and County Highway 131) from noon until 4 p.m.
Contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice House, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main St., Johnstown.
Condolences may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.